Although or maybe because Germany is still a rich country the unemployment rate especially in the Eastern part remains high. That’s why some Germans are moving to the UK or Ireland to find jobs there. I’ve just returned from York and London where I worked for a company that organizes work placements for German people. Both the companies providing the work placements as well as the Germans working in those companies are benefiting from this programme.
Now, based on our experiences it is vital to understand that if you want to go to the UK you need good communication skills. This doesn’t mean that you have to speak perfect English. Most of the participants of our programme have been taught English for years. Please mind the wording: They have been taught. This is a passive construction because it reflects pretty much how the German education or the German society works: For every single step in your life there is an institution, an authority or organization that tells you what to do. Unemployed people are put into so called training courses which means they sit with 15 to 20 other ‘students’ in one room for 8 hours a day from Monday through Friday watching or listening to a teacher who is desperately trying to teach them English. Think about it: If you are forced to ‘learn’ English for 8 hours a day along with 15 other Germans you will very soon lose all your motivation. I have visited a learning centre in York which is based on a highly effective system that saves the city millions of pounds a year. Most of our so called education institutions waste millions of Euros a year. Why am I writing this? Because I know we have to change something and I want to share experiences with English language trainers, business people, students and anyone who might have an opinion on the subject.[YSaerTTEW443543]
TOEIC listening, photographs: In a kitchen[YSaerTTEW443543]